Milwaukee Women's Center

Community Advocates Milwaukee Wisconsin

Where Abuse Ends and Hope Begins

Founded in 1980, the Milwaukee Women’s Center provides comprehensive services and treatment for women, men, and children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence, addiction, mental health issues, and poverty. 

In June 2007, to ensure the continuation of critical domestic violence resources in Milwaukee County, the Milwaukee Women’s Center became a Division of Community Advocates.

Joining a comprehensive human services agency allowed the Milwaukee Women’s Center to further expand its menu of services to help people meet their basic needs, including safety in their own homes and relationships.

In 2016, 1,891 individuals received services and support through the Milwaukee Women's Center Division. Our emergency shelter provided comprehensive domestic violence services to 122 women and 92 children, while 173 low-income, homeless women and 290 children received shelter and assistance through our Family Support Center. Our Older Abused Women's Program helped 95 women ages 50 and older who were victimized by their intimate partners or adult children. The Nevermore Batterers Treatment Program educated 163 men, 68% of whom completed the six-month program. Our intensive alcohol- or drug-abuse treatment program, the POWER Program, helped 51 women, while our bilingual Family Intervention Program served 59 African American and Latino/a men and women and their families. The Bottomless Closet provided free clothing and job readiness assistance to 442 women and 269 men who were re-entering the workforce.

With support from the Mary Kay Foundation,

Contact the Milwaukee Women's Center at 414-671-6140 to learn more about our services or to speak to a domestic violence crisis counselor 24/7.

Client Demographics

The Milwaukee Women’s Center’s clients are, by majority, racial and ethnic minorities who have very low or no income, and who reside in Milwaukee County. Here's who we served in 2016:

• 115 households consisting of 115 adults and 109 children

• 70% of shelter reisdents are female, and all were members of female-headed households

• 66% are African American, 20% are multiracial, 14% are white, and 6% are Hispanic/Latino

• Almost all live near or below the federal poverty level

• Our clients' last place of residents is overwhelmingly in the City of Milwaukee, with a majority living in the 53206, 53204, and 53210 Zip codes

See for Yourself

Want to meet some of our clients and see how their lives have been saved by the Milwaukee Women’s Center?  Watch this video to hear their stories and see how much better their lives have become.


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About Milwaukee Women's Center

About Milwaukee Women's Center

The Milwaukee Women's Center (MWC) became a Division of Community Advocates in 2007. Since the merger, MWC's services to women, children, and men have grown and improved. Read more about the MWC's many programs within this section of the website.

MWC: Donate or Volunteer

For questions related to donations to the MWC or volunteering, contact Jeri Kavanaugh at (414) 270-2984.

Checks may be made out directly to "Milwaukee Women's Center." To donate online to the MWC, click here, and designate your gift to the MWC.